2011 Ford Fiesta

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Fiesta MSRP: $ 13200.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Fun to drive
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Attractive and comfortable cabin
  • Hatchback model has added utility over sedan and looks great
  • Better than average safety features
Cons:
  • Cabin size smaller than the Nissan Versa and Honda Fit
  • Weak performance from PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission
Ruling: The 2011 Ford Fiesta was awarded Best Subcompact Car for the Money by U.S. News Auto Rankings for very good reasons. Projected lower than average ownership costs in combination with a good-looking car that is fun to drive make the Fiesta a very strong value proposition for car shoppers.

Designed to be versatile and adaptable, the 2011 Ford Fiesta delivers excellent fuel economy of 40 mpg, with a responsive 1.6-liter I-4 engine, PowerShift 6-speed automatic transmission, and Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS).

Packaged in a vibrant design, with sharp reflexes and world-class quality, the 2011 Fiesta offers customers convenience, comfort, and connectivity.

Standard powertrain for the 2011 Fiesta is a 120 horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission. Ford's advanced PowerShift 6-speed automatic transmission is available as a option.

A European-tuned suspension keeps the Fiesta planted firmly on the tarmac and makes the Fiesta fun to drive any day of the week.

CarReview's opinion of the: 2011 Ford Fiesta

Likes:
  • Exceptional ride quality for an economy car
  • Precise steering and capable brakes
  • Smooth clutch action
  • Cheerful exterior design
  • Solid build quality
Dislikes:
  • Could use a few more horsepower
  • Tires start to protest way too early
  • Interior is a bit cramped, even for a subcompact
  • Exterior might be a bit too cute for some

Verdict: At the end of the day, folks shopping for a small car are likely looking for good value and although the Fiesta isn't the cheapest car around, there is plenty of value packed into this small Ford. Once you factor in the Fiesta's superior ride, fresh styling, class leading fuel efficiency, and available features, such as the SYNC system, it becomes much harder to justify buying the typical bland subcompact, even if you could save a grand or two. Although there are already some compelling small cars on the market, such as the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, and others are soon to join this growing segment, the Ford Fiesta makes a good case for automotive downsizing and should enjoy a lot of success in the coming years.



 
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Reviewed by:
Tom


Review Date
February 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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1.67 of 5, 12.00 votes

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Review 1 of 2 , from Fort Collins, CO

Price Paid:  $0.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 Fiesta SES Hatchback

Strengths:
Solid build quite for a car this size yet just enough road noise to give you some positive feedback.

Weaknesses:
The rear seat headrest have to be removed to fold the seats. Rear seats don't fold flat with the storage compartment floor. Rear seat headrest partially obstruct rear vision. Since I seldom have anyone in the back seat I'm thinking of just removing the rear seat headrest to improve rear visibility.

Summary:
Overall build quality is very goo. Only minor fla one place on the pipin on the edge of the leather seats was folded out not in at the end. I wasn't too sure about going from a manual transmission to an automatic after having driven nothhing but a mnual for 25 years. While I suspect acceleration would still be better with a stick the grade option on the automatic which changes shift points and allows downhill enging breaking works well. NEver had to touch the break driving on I-70 West of Denver. I'm still on the fence about the keyless entry/ignition option. I don't think it is something I would order on a car and it prevents me from being able to lock a spare key inside the car when I go to an out of town run Still it is nice not having to dig for the key when walking out to the car with full hands.



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Reviewed by:
Bostowyo


Review Date
October 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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4.20 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Review 2 of 2 , from Lebanon, NH

Price Paid:  $0.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2011 Fiesta SE Hatchback

Strengths:
Gas mileage. Standard and available options. Handling. Appearance. Seven air bags.

Weaknesses:
None yet.

Summary:
This is the car I've been waiting for. A subcompact with great features and great gas mileage that doesn't cost a fortune and doesn't look or feel like an economy car. I got a moon roof, heated seats, remote starter, and SYNC and still spent less than $20K. This car is comfortable and fun to drive and has enough trunk space for your typical stuff. I've fit a full size rolling cooler in the back. It's great for around town and nice and quiet at highway speeds. I'm currently averaging about 36 miles a gallon.




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